5 New Uses for Items in Your Medicine Cabinet

Find out the hidden uses of a few common products in your bathroom!

Your medicine cabinet is filled with common items that can be used in more ways than the labels suggest. Forget about purchasing extra products that break the bank and instead use these DIY hacks for the same, or better, results!

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a staple in many people’s medicine cabinets since it’s easy to use and best of all — affordable! You can use this product as an all-natural alternative to remove stubborn makeup that a face wash or a shower couldn’t.


To use witch hazel’s removal power without the sting, combine two tablespoons of the solution with two tablespoons of water and two tablespoons of olive oil. This solution will keep your face clean — all that will be left is a dazzling glow!

Aspirin

Ditch expensive acne treatments and replace them with this common medicine cabinet item! Aspirin contains salicylic acid, an active ingredient in many topical acne treatments recommended by dermatologists.

Banish those pesky zits and reduce the redness with a simple aspirin mixture. Crush one or two tablets of aspirin between two spoons and mix the powder with a teaspoon of water to form a paste. Wash and dry your face and then dab the mixture onto any trouble spots. For the best results, rinse clean with warm water after ten to fifteen minutes.

Adhesive Bandages

Adhesive bandages can be used for more than covering cuts and scrapes. If a tag or a piece of fabric is bothering you, put a bandage on your skin to act as a barrier. Or, use them to cover blisters or warts.

If you are using bandages traditionally, but hate how uncomfortable they feel wrapped around your finger, simply cut a slit into each side of the bandage for a better fit.

Toothpaste

Toothpaste isn’t just for cleaning those pearly whites! Toothpaste contains peroxide which can also be used to whiten your nails, ridding them of any yellowing left by nail polish residue.

To create a natural bleaching agent, combine a squirt or two of toothpaste with a couple drops of lemon juice and apply an even coat onto each nail. Let sit for ten minutes and then rinse.

Toothbrush

Use a toothbrush to exfoliate chapped lips. First, get a new toothbrush, wet it, and then gently brush your lips to get rid of any dead skin. Rinse with warm water and seal in the moisture with your go-to lip balm for soft and smooth lips.

Tip: Dip the toothbrush in a hydrating oil like coconut oil or olive oil before exfoliating to help moisturize dry, cracked lips.

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